An Italian politician has warned he'll send in police "with flamethrowers" to any people who break strict lockdown rules, the Daily Mail has reported.
This comes two weeks after Italy was placed on a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was officially declared a pandemic by the WHO earlier this month.
Italy now has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases behind China, with 63,927 confirmed infections, according to John Hopkins University. However, Italy now has the highest death toll in the world, with 6,077 people losing their lives as a result of the novel coronavirus.
However, despite the measures taken to stop people from going outside during the crisis, it appears that not everyone is listening, which is why the president of the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, has spoken out to threaten even more extreme consequnces.Listen to him threaten flamethrowers in this news address:
"I'm getting news that some would like to throw graduation parties. We will send over the police. With flamethrowers," he says in the video above.
But De Luca is not the only Italian politician to sternly address the people of Italy for failing to comply with the lockdown.
In the video above, which is a compilation of threats, the major of Lucera, Antonio Tutolo, rebuked those who were still trying to get their hair cut during the quarantine.
"Getting in mobile hairdressers, what the f*** is that for?" he asked. "Do you understand the casket will be closed? Who the f*** is supposed to even see you with your hair all done in the casket?"
Similarly, in a Facebook video, Cateno De Luca, the mayor of Messina, said: "You will not 'stroll' in my town. I can't formally ban you from leaving your house?
"I will ban you from setting foot on public soil unless for proven necessities."
Meanwhile, the mayor of Reggio Calabria, Giuseppe Falcomatà, said: "This isn't a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. You have to go home."
This news comes as John Hopkins University reports that there have been a total of 383,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally and 16,595 deaths at the time of writing.
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